May 20, 2009

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With varying degrees of success serving English-learners, city school systems plan to tap federal aid to improve their programs.
Experts are urging that effectiveness, not just newness, should be reformers’ goal.
Following the windfall for education in the stimulus, the plan for fiscal 2010 prompts scrutiny, especially proposed shifts in Title I.
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Elementary pupils are exposed to more complex math in Hong Kong than in Massachusetts—both top performers on international exams.
Massachusetts schools chief wants to ensure that elementary teachers have the content necessary to lay students’ math foundation.
The complex rules that govern how federal dollars must be spent on special education services are getting a new, critical look as stimulus money starts flowing to the states.
A report encourages governors to throw their weight behind improving the workforce through changes to recruiting, training, and retention.
Charters & Choice
Urban Education
At least 14 countries have introduced a form of the publicly financed, privately run schools pioneered by the United States.
Lawmakers recently passed a bill designed to redefine ‘basic education’ for the first time since 1979.
Policy Brief
The GOP-controlled Senate is skeptical that the state can afford to fulfill the governor’s goals when it is facing a budget deficit.
Florida lawmakers will use federal stimulus aid as a budget lifeline.
The state law that changed the governance of the system is sunsetting next month, setting off intense scrutiny of the system over the past seven years.
J.H. Snider writes, "Federal, state, and local education checkbooks should all be made available online in a single, standardized format using so-called semantic Web technologies."
"Public schools must do whatever is required to make certain that primary students are readers," writes Gordon MacInnes.
Letters
"Researchers and policy wonks need to listen carefully to young professionals eager to make change," says Barnett Berry.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Annenberg Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Spencer Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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